Funding Guidelines

Background and Purpose

Founded in 1989, the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation seeks to preserve the natural beauty of the City of Laconia and the Towns of Alton, Belmont, Gilford and Meredith and to improve the quality of life for their residents.   The Pardoe family shares a long connection with the Lakes Region and particularly Laconia, where the family has owned a farm for generations.  In 1997, 160-acres of that farmland were donated to create the environmental education center known as Prescott Farm.

Areas of Interest

The Foundation is interested in education, land and resource management, and in supporting initiatives that utilize Prescott Farm, its land, facilities and programming resources.


The focus is on:

— increasing access to experiential learning opportunities for children and teens, particularly with regards to use of the natural environment to improve academic outcomes.

— promoting an understanding of farming, food systems and nutrition and the connection to improving family health

Land and Resource Management

The focus is on support for conservation and education programs related to specific conservation initiatives that preserve the watershed, wildlife and biodiversity of the Lakes Region with an emphasis on the City of Laconia and the Towns of Alton, Belmont, Gilford and Meredith.

Prescott Farm

The focus is on a broad range of organizations that wish to develop programs for operation at Prescott Farm and those that wish to engage in scheduled programming at the Farm.  Current priorities include:

— Programs that promote an understanding of farming, food systems and nutrition education to improve family health.

— Education and demonstration programs that highlight land and resource management, wildlife protection and wildlife habitat preservation.

— Programs that use the restorative properties of Prescott Farm’s natural environment as part of a family counseling program.

— Organizations that wish to bring children and teens to Prescott Farm to participate in scheduled group activities.

— Need-based scholarships for WildQuest Camps and Fledglings Pre-School.

Geographic Restrictions

Grantmaking is limited to organizations located within or serving the City of Laconia, the Towns of Alton, Belmont, Gilford and Meredith, and their year-round residents.

Types of Support

The Foundation prefers to fund specific projects and special programs.  Transportation costs for use of Prescott Farm may be included in project budgets. The trustees recognize that some initiatives, especially new programs, take time to develop and mature, therefore the Foundation will  consider repeat support for programs and organizations after a careful annual review of a grantee’s performance.  The trustees are interested in developing long-term funding relationships with a limited number of organizations.

Grants are made only to organizations which are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a).


The Foundation does not fund endowments, scholarships to individuals, loans, deficits, sectarian religious or political activities, or advertising. Grants are not made to individuals. Grants for operating expenses are normally excluded, with the exception of appropriate overhead dedicated to funded projects.

The directors reserve the right to modify these guidelines as necessary.

Grant Range

Grants from the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation normally range from $15,000 – $25,000.